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A week ago, a landslide, mudslide, or flash flood engulfed the city of Mocoa in Colombia. The city vanished. At least 200 died instantly; 200 more were injured; another 200 were missing.
As early news reports filtered out, one despairing resident uttered the predictable explanation: “It must be God’s will.”
No, no, no, a thousand times no!
It’s too easy to attribute natural disasters to supernatural causes. Insurance companies call them “Acts of God.” When Hurricane Katrina devastated vast swaths of New Orleans in 2005, a member of Congress representing Baton Rouge declared, “We finally cleaned up public housing in New Orleans! We couldn’t do it, but God did.”
Name any natural disaster, and someone will recite the mantra of God’s will.
Categories: Sharp Edges
Tags: mercy, rescue, Mocoa, Almighty God, caring